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Keanu Reeves reveals why he turned down role in ‘Speed 2: Cruise Control’

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When it comes to Keanu Reeves, there’s little doubt that he is a master of action thrillers. He knows beforehand which movie is going to be epic. Therefore, it’s no wonder that he has incredible blockbusters like The Matrix trilogy, the John Wick saga, and Speed. However, as you’ve noticed, out of these only Speed is a standalone film. But there was a sequel to Speed as well, named Speed 2: Cruise Control. And Keanu Reeves was not in that film, which is also coincidentally a critical and financial flop. So, why did Reeves turn down working in Speed 2? The actor has now given us the reason.

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There’s little doubt that Speed is one of the best action thrillers ever made. Keanu Reeves’s on-screen chemistry with Sandra Bullock was fantastic to see and it was no surprise as well, considering Reeves had a huge crush on Bullock. But, none of that could be seen in Speed 2: Cruise Control. The sequel is vastly considered significantly inferior to its predecessor. And one of the reasons why that is so is because Keanu Reeves did not return to reprise his role in the sequel. And now, he has revealed the reason as to why he turned Speed 2 down. Despite the fact that he adored working with Sandra Bullock, Speed 2 was just not worth it for him. While making an appearance on the Graham Norton show, Reeves said:

At the time I didn’t respond to the script. I really wanted to work with Sandra Bullock and I loved playing Jack Tavern and I loved Speed… but an ocean liner?

Reeves then clarified that he had nothing against any of the people involved with the project. His main apprehension was with the script, saying:

It wasn’t against any of the artists involved in the project, but at that time I had the feeling it just wasn’t right.

That said, Keanu Reeves loved working with Sandra Bullock in Speed

Keanu Reeves Reveals Why He Turned Down Role In 'Speed 2: Cruise Control'
20th Century Fox

That said, Reeves still cherished working with Bullock in Speed. In fact, he had a crush on her throughout the movie. And their chemistry clearly showed there was some connection going on between them. Keanu once surprised Bullock with an amazing gift as well, as the actress recalls:

I just thought you might want to try champagne and truffles, to see what it’s like.

And Keanu made such lovely gestures some other times as well. That’s just how good of a listener Reeves was. But, Bullock did assure everyone that they were not romantically involved as they didn’t want to ruin their friendship. She said:

I don’t think there’s anyone who has something horrible to say about him. So maybe we could have survived. I don’t know. But we didn’t have to survive anything. We just get to grow up together on parallel roads and tip our hats and meet for a dinner and try to work together. And the longer time goes on, the more in awe I am of the human being. Would I have been able to say that if he had dumped me and made me angry? Probably not.

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